The Best Meditation Candles: Enhance Your Practice

by Lisa Ledoux

Meditation candles are aromatherapy candles that relax your mind by setting a calming atmosphere while you meditate or work on your breathing.

Feng Shui altar at home in living room or bed room. Crystal clusters, wire tree with gemstones, golden smiling Buddha figure on table window sill.

These candles enhance mental well-being, promoting deeper sleep cycles and easing anxiety.

What Is Meditation?

Meditation, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is defined as:

“to engage in contemplation or reflection”

“to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.”

So the idea of meditation candles, through their evocative and calming nature, allows you to set your mood and be more susceptible to your meditative state.

And for more on meditation and other practices to help ground you in your everyday life see:

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The Right Candle for Your Meditation Session

Although meditation and breathwork can be done in all kinds of setting from serene to utter chaos, we’d still like to aim for that more serene option, wouldn’t we?

And candles help, but what’s the best candle for you?

First, you’ll want to consider the fragrance. Essential oils like lavender and vanilla are renowned for their calming properties and can help soothe an anxious mind.

Second, opt for natural wax candles like soy or beeswax. They are better for the environment, burn longer, and emit fewer toxins into the air.

Last, choose a candle that comes in a color that resonates with you- natural wax, serene blue, lavender, or pretty pink- it’ll deepen your meditation practice.

Candles, Candles, Candles!

There are several types of meditation candles, each with its own unique benefits.

For example,

1.) Beeswax candles emit negative ions which can help purify the air and reduce stress levels.

HandsArt Handmade Pack of 4 Beeswax Taper Candles 

2.) Soy Candles are a great eco-friendly option that can help to create an inviting atmosphere while you meditate.

SOJA&CO. 100% Natural Soy Wax Candle

3.) Coconut Candles enhance your environment with scents that will whisk you away to tranquil seas…

Natural Coconut Shell Candle 

4.) Lavender-scented candles promote a calm and serene environment.

Homemantras, Lavender Scented Candle

5.) Peppermint candles invigorate and energize with their minty aroma.

Our Own Candle Company Simply Peppermint Soy Wax Candle

6.) Eucalyptus candles can help to clear the mind and promote focus, making them a great choice for meditative practices.

Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Scented Candle 

7.) Sandalwood candles are known for their grounding properties, making them ideal for promoting feelings of stability and security in meditation.

Triple Happiness Pure Soy Sandalwood Scented Candle

8.) Rose candles are said to have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress and anxiety during meditation sessions.

Chesapeake Bay Candle Rose Water Candle

9.) Frankincense candles have been used for centuries in spiritual and meditative practices, believed to promote feelings of spiritual connection and inner peace.

Blessed Is She – Frankincense & Myrrh Scented Candle 

10.) Ylang-ylang candles can enhance relaxation and tranquility and are often used in aromatherapy for their mood-boosting properties.

Ylang Ylang Scented Aromatherapy Candle

11.) Cedarwood candles can promote balance and harmony, making them a great choice for those looking to ground themselves during meditation.

Serendipity Cedarwood & Campfire Scented Soy Candle

12.) Lemon candles are known for their uplifting and energizing properties, so they’re a good choice for morning or daytime meditation.

Yankee Candle Sicilian Lemon Scented

13.) Vanilla candles can be soothing to the senses and promote a sense of comfort and relaxation, perfect for unwinding after a long day.

Blessed Is She – Coffee & Vanilla Scented Glass Candle

14.) Sage candles are believed to have cleansing and purifying properties, making them an excellent choice for clearing negative energy and promoting clarity during meditation.

Magnificent 101 Long Lasting Pure White Sage Candle

15.) Patchouli candles are often used in meditation practices for their calming and grounding effects, believed to promote feelings of centeredness and inner peace.

Fabulous Frannie Patchouli Pure Essential Oil Candle

No matter which type of meditation candle you choose, incorporating them into your practice can enhance your mindfulness and bring a sense of peace to your mind and body.

Setting Up Your Meditation Session

  • Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed and turn off or dim the lights.
  • Allow the warm glow of the candle to be the primary source of light, which can further enhance the calming effect.
  • Limit any distractions by turning off your phone or any other devices that might pull you out of the moment.
Zen like lifestyle meditation in front of a candle light praying for one woman at home.

Candle Care

  • Choose high-quality candles made from Beeswax or soy which don’t contain harmful chemicals and have a longer burn time.
  • Trim the wick before each use to prevent black soot from forming
  • Store your candles in a cool and dry place to protect them from melting or getting damaged.

Signing Off…

I suspect you love candles as much as I do and good luck in your meditation, breathing, and yoga practices moving forward!

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